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Jokers Club

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
2nd place finish in the JS 2011 horror writing contest.

Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Geoffrey returns to his hometown for a reunion of the Jokers Club (his childhood gang) with the hopes of unearthing the imagination he held in his youth. Upon arriving, he discovers the creative juices that drove his writing many years ago surround him: the tombstone salesman who chisels o
Paperback, 202 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by JournalStone (first published October 28th 2011)
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Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ever do something you were not proud of as a child? Did you ever dream that one blunder would haunt you for the rest of your life? Ever think a mistake you made as a child could leave you paying the debt with your life years later? I made more of my share of mistakes growing up, I’m just happy I wasn’t a part of the Jokers Club.
Once upon a time, there was a group of pleasant, young boys. They had meetings trying to decide how to better their community, how to help their fellow man, and how to li
Brett Talley
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dark secrets are like dead bodies—sometimes, they refuse to stay buried. It isn’t often I read a book that I have trouble putting down, but the Jokers Club grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. Gregory Bastianelli is a master at creating rich and fully-developed worlds and then inviting us to explore them with him. In Jokers Club, Bastianelli weaves what is seemingly a straightforward tale—years ago a group of friends were involved in a horrible accident, one that they have kept secret for a ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing like a good, creepy horror book that not only scares you but makes you think. The Jokers Club delivered on all levels! I have not read a book like this in a long, long time and I hope there are many more in the works from Mr. Bastianelli.

I loved the character of the Joker. Was he real or imagined? Where did he come from and will he ever go away? For me, the Joker was kind of like the clown in Stephen King's IT. Creepy but funny. I know I will not look at the Joker in the same wa
Jay Fromkin
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Geoff, a failed writer, returns to his New Hampshire home town for a reunion with his childhood friends - The Jokers Club. As boys, they were fond of pranks, benign at first, becoming increasingly dangerous, culminating in the death of one of their own. The Jokers, now men in their 30s, have had their own failures and successes, mostly failures, which they discuss over too much liquor; they avoid talking about the death of their friend - until one of them is murdered on the porch of the inn wher ...more
Al Gritten
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Identity is a complex issue. Identity is mostly formed in community and influenced by one’s community. Sometimes as the community changes, so does our identity, so it is a tenuous thing at best. And what identity might be formed in a young boy who was part of a group that called themselves, “The Joker’s Club” and who engaged in, sometimes, spiteful practical jokes? Bastianelli weaves an intricate story that seems to elude all attempts at classification. Initially the reader suspects that this is ...more
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This book is horror from page one. The author jumps straight into the creepy dreams & memories without hesitation. My attention was immediately perked by the creepy scene descriptions and the references to horrific things. The story is told by a failed writer(Geoff) who finds that he is dying of a brain tumor, and wants to return to his hometown to see if his childhood muse (an imaginary joker in his mind who helped him write horror stories as a child). The writer's descriptions of streets, ...more
Cassie McCown
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those novels that keeps you guessing straight through the very last sentence. There are kids involved – kids who have some dark and troubling things happening in their lives – and their past overflows into their future in a big way. Greg entwines the tales of the adults with the tales of their past seamlessly, all while keeping the reader on the edge of their seat from start to finish. This is, by far, one of the creepiest books I have read in a long, long time. It is disturbing i ...more
Christopher Payne
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Geoffrey returns to his hometown for a reunion of the Jokers Club (his childhood gang) with the hopes of unearthing the imagination he held in his youth. Upon arriving, he discovers the creative juices that drove his writing many years ago surround him: the tombstone salesman who chisels out names of the dead, the far-sighted barber with the bloodstained smock and the reclusive Tin Man, just to name a few.

Unfortunately Geoffrey’s tumor quickly worsens, bringing on b
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from LibraryThing. At first this book reminded me of Stephen Kings "It" but then I realized it was because this is how Stephen King use to write. This book was so good.

Geoff Thorn has been diagnosed with a brian tumor. When he receives and invitation to return to his hometown for a reunion of the Jokers Club, a club he and his friends started, he decides to go. Once an aspiring writer he hasn't written anything in years, not being able to accept anymore rejection. His life has no
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review based on ARC.

I am always grateful for a book that is intriguing *and* a page-turner. Fortunately for me, amidst the too-busy life I have been living the past few months, I found such a book in Bastianelli's Jokers Club. I have a pretty broad history with horror, suspense, and King, all of which are found in this book. Without the hundreds of pages of "details" that King employs, Jokers Club is almost a novella, quickly developing characters, background, and plot.

I was impressed with Basti
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Gregory Bastianelli , a New Hampshire native, graduated from the University of New Hampshire where he studied writing under instructors Mark Smith, Thomas Williams and Theodore Weesner.
He worked for nearly two decades at a small daily newspaper where the highlights of his career were interviewing shock rocker Alice Cooper and B-movie icon Bruce Campbell.

He is the author of the novels, "Jokers Cl
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